|How do you grow healthy kids? Teach them about good healthy food and the lost art of cooking.|
How is this for a sobering statistic:
By 2030 it is predicted that 41% of the world’s population will be obese. Considering that, as of 2013, an astonishing 42 million kids under the age of five were overweight or obese that long-term prediction could very well come to pass.
How do you reverse the trend?
Herein lies the problem:
Just how disconnected have we become?
For his annual Food Revolution Day challenge, Chef Jamie Oliver aims to change all of this. His goal is to get food education back into our schools across the G20 nations to teach kids where food comes from, how to grow it, cook it and how it affects their bodies. “My wish is to create a strong sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity,” says Jamie Oliver.
The idea is that kids will take their learning home and influence eating habits of the entire family. And they’ll grow up to be more food literate and less likely to be duped by Nutella-esque “healthy breakfast campaigns” and the like. Considering that a child’s eating habits are pretty much set by the time they’re 12, educating kids sooner rather than later is essential.
Teaching kids about food and cooking isn’t a total solution to the obesity epidemic but it will go a long way to help reconnect kids and adults with real food. And those who cook more generally have a better quality diet